Warrington Wolves have been deemed ‘unrecognisable’ by their own head coach in recent weeks, and Super League pundit Kyle Amor believes cracks are starting to appear within the side.
The Wire opened their 2023 campaign with a winning streak of eight unbeaten games to get off to a flying start, before losing their first game of the year in Round Nine against Wigan.
Since then, the side have picked up just three more wins in Super League, losing their place at the top of the table to Catalans Dragons, as well as an exit from the Challenge Cup in the quarter-finals.
With just one victory in their last five, Warrington have now dropped to fourth on the Super League table on level points with Wigan and Leigh above.
Reigning champions St Helens have overturned their slow start to the year, winning five of their last six and are now just two points behind Warrington, the Warriors and Adrian Lam’s Leopards.
Paul Wellens’ side travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, live on Sky Sports, and a victory would see them overtake their opposition on the table.
Fixtures don’t get much easier for Friday’s hosts either, with Wigan and Catalans ahead, while they will also travel to current bottom side Wakefield at the end of July.
Powell has admitted to tough times, with lack of numbers due to injuries and departures impacting both training and game days, with the 57-year-old coach keen to bring in some fresh bodies to finish the year strongly.
Kyle Amor: One or two cracks starting to appear for Warrington Wolves
“They’ve got some tricky fixtures coming up,” Amor said on the latest episode of Betfred’s The Last Tackle.
“Just watching that game against Leeds, for me there were a couple of little worrying signs.
“There was a lot of players, and comments were made in commentary, about how frustrated they looked with one another.
“There’s maybe a little bit of that muscle memory from that starting to rot in and eat away at the team, I don’t know.
“They have certainly dropped below all of their standards from what they set.
“At the start, I couldn’t see a team going with them, they were literally blowing teams away and almost looked like a completely different side.
“Daryl Powell said a couple of times that some of the stuff that they’re doing is unrecognisable from that period of the opening eight games.
“There’s certainly one or two little cracks starting to appear.”